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PHIL 402: Aristotle

PHIL 402: Aristotle

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Prepares students for advanced work on some aspect of the philosophical thought of Aristotle.


PHIL 402: Aristotle

Julie Ward

This course is concerned to examine precisely what Aristotle takes theoria (“contemplation,” “study”) to be, a question that is driven, in part, by his statement in EN X 7 that theoria comprises the highest human activity.  Since theoria has been thought to consist in the activity of the faculty of episteme (“scientific knowledge”), we shall need to find out as well on what this latter activity depends.  Running throughout the study are the inter-connected Aristotelian notions of psychological powers, dispositional states, and activities, which need to be examined as well.  Thus, we shall require familiarity with Aristotle’s theory of the soul and its states in addition to his theories about human flourishing and the good life, proof and scientific knowledge.  The main primary texts are De Anima, Nicomachean Ethics, Posterior Analytics, and in addition, we shall consult passages throughout his works at various points (cf. Basic Works).  Interspersed with the primary texts are various secondary papers and book chapters that relate to the abovementioned topics and issues.  Papers are accessible either through electronic access via Cudahy Library or linked on Course Blackboard, as copyright allows.



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